Gary Fahnenstiel was born in Saginaw, Michigan and has lived in the state his entire life. Gary earned his BS in Biology and Chemistry at Eastern Michigan University in 1978, but his vocation started at Michigan Technological University, where he had the chance to engage in research on Lake Superior as a MS student in Biological Sciences (’80). He pursued a doctorate at the University of Michigan (’86) and worked as a research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Ed Falberg is fascinated with air travel and believes airplanes are the most significant technological development of his time. Falberg was born in 1921, just eighteen years this side of the Wright Brothers' first flight. "It's made the earth a little smaller," he says of air travel, and he and his wife Jeanne have flown all over our small world, from near to far.
Richard Faleschini is Vice President and General Manager for American Medical Systems Gynecology (AMSG), a newly formed business unit of American Medical Systems. Rick joined American Medical Systems in November, 1999, as Vice President of Marketing and Sales and served in that position until he assumed his current role in 2003.
Retired Manager-Engineering Services, Atlantic Richfield Co.(ARCO); Anaconda Company: Projects Manager in Denver, CO; Project Engineer, Primary Metals Div., Tucson, AZ.; Facilities Engineer Manager, Ford Motor Co. Philco-Ford Corp., San Francisco, CA.; General Manager, Sar Chesmeh Mining Co., Iran; Served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the U.S., Korea, Turkey, Germany, and Vietnam, attaining the rank of Colonel; Military honors: Silver Star for gallantry against an armed enemy in Korea, the Legion of Merit for . . .
Jean Seaman Farnum was attending geology field classes with her professor father even before she began her undergraduate degree at Tech in 1939.
Jean grew up in a family of geologists with her grandfather A.E. Seaman ’95 who not only taught at Tech but became head of the Geology department, her father Wyllys ’09 and her older brother Bill ‘39 also graduated from the program.
Laura graduated with honors from Michigan Technological University in 1993 earning a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan–Dearborn. And she also earned an MBA in marketing and finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Jim began his career in 1957 as a geologist at US Steel in Hibbing, Minnesota. Four years later, he began a 33 year career with Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company rising through the ranks from geologist to operating engineer, pit superintendent, plant superintendent, and finally, general manager. During his tenure, he worked at the Humboldt, Republic, Tilden, and Empire Mines.
Currently, Jim is a self-employed senior consultant. Jim is very active in the community. He is an active member . . .
Paul W. Fernstrum, a mechanical engineering alumnus, is chairman and past president of Menominee-based RW Fernstrum & Co., a third-generation family-owned company that invented—and continues to manufacture and market—the Gridcooler keel cooler, a marine engine heat exchanger, which was developed during World War II for landing craft.
Paul began his career at RW Fernstrum as a draftsman. In 1975 he designed the first of a series of engineering programs for the Gridcooler. Today, some of the applications . . .
Charlotte Iola Field is a leader of uncommon sense who is especially mindful of the contribution of those who work with her and for her.
“There are few jobs in industry associated with an individual only,” she says. “It’s all about teams and life skills.”
She says that she learned about both at Michigan Tech. “Tech prepares you for life and the real world,” she says. She singles out the Enterprise Program. It didn’t exist when she was at Tech, but she recognizes its value—“It gives students the opportunity to work as a team and understand the technical side, the business side, and the financial side.” To succeed in an enterprise project, she notes, teamwork is “absolutely imperative.”
Hal began his career as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, Colorado where he performed geologic mapping and mineral resource evaluation for two years. He then returned to his home state and joined the Michigan Geological Survey where he worked as Field Inspector, Groundwater Specialist, and District Supervisor.
In 1996, Hal became Chief of the Geological Survey Division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. As Chief, he is responsible for assuring the conservation . . .
Steven Fitzgerald enrolled at Michigan Tech as an Electrical Engineering major in the fall of 1970. He would have never predicted he would soon become the University's first-ever Computer Science graduate in 1974. It was the dawn of Computer Science studies at Michigan Tech, and together with two other students, Fitzgerald's senior project was the first widespread interactive computer terminal network across Michigan Tech’s campus.
Dr. Fleming graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences in 1970. Graduate work at the Medical School of Wayne State (M.D. in 1974), at the Medical College of Wisconsin (M.D. in Family Medicine in 1977), and as Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina (M.P.H. in Epidemiology, 1986) prepared him for a distinguished career in the field of Family Medicine. He is currently Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School.
Gordon Frantti retired from Michigan Tech in 1991 as Professor of Geophysics and Head of the Department of Geological Engineering, Geology, and Geophysics. While at Michigan Tech, Gordon also held the following titles: Assistant Professor of Geophysics; Associate Professor of Geophysics; Professor of Geophysics; and Acting Head. During that time, he taught various courses in geophysics. Gordon and Loyal Bacon, a fellow faculty member and a member of our academy, wrote a manual used for many . . .
Ms. Julie A. Fream, a 1983 graduate of Michigan Tech with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, began her career with General Motors in 1983 as a manufacturing engineer. She held various sales and marketing positions until 1989, when she joined Ford and worked in program management and product planning for the company’s truck operations until 1993. In that year Julie went to TRW, where she held various sales and marketing positions until 1998, when she . . .